Our one to one personal training is perfect for anyone looking to improve their fitness, lose weight or improve sporting performance. At Nxtep we train absolute beginners and athletes alike, and our one-to-one personal training provides complete instruction and close guidance from your trainer, and includes a bespoke meal plan designed especially for you and your goals. Choose from 1, 2 or 3 training sessions per week.


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Chris Nicklin is a certified Personal Trainer with over 7 years' experience, and the owner of Nxtep Personal Training. Chris qualified from Edge Hill University with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Sports Coaching and Performance Development, and has delivered over ten thousand one-to-one Personal Training sessions.

Updated 19/10/2022

What is One to One Personal Training?

One to One Personal training is the cornerstone of Nxtep, and the type of personal training people are generally most familiar with. As it sounds, one on one personal training means you are training alone in our private gym studio with your own trainer. Your trainer will work closely with you to achieve your desired outcome or goals, will provide guidance and motivation during workouts, monitor your progress and adjust your exercise routine accordingly.


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Paul CorriganPaul Corrigan
12:26 10 Mar 24
Sadly I'm leaving the area and would love to take Nxtep with me. I attend the small classes. Chris has created a unique venue that would be hard to match anywhere. The environment is warm and friendly. The sports science work that Chris does behind the scenes to prepare the classes is immense, so that we don't have to worry about it. Just plug and go. Though education is always at hand if required. The classes can be hard work (results driven) but always fun. The equipment is of the highest standard. I've always been around sports but have never experienced anything so positive and rewarding. At 57 there is no way I would ever have thought I'd lift such heavy weights or complete these vigorous exercises. Chris gets you there incrementally and safely but always with great humour. He uses a truly interactive App that plots your progress. A fitness App that actually works, who knew!!Also the clients are lovely and incredibly supportive of each other. Well bloody done Chris!
Aidan McGearyAidan McGeary
07:50 27 Feb 24
Over the past alomost 3 years, Nxtep has been central to my personal growth. Chris and his clients make up a fantastic community of people who have helped me develop in many ways. No one lifts a single kg on my behalf or runs a step for me, but as part of a positive and nurturing environment I have been able to consistently, week in, week out, exceed my expactations of what I am capable of. The Physical and mental benefits I have experienced since being a part of this community have been game changing and I owe them a great deal. Aidan.
Alana McgladeAlana Mcglade
17:44 20 Feb 24
Chris has been absolutely amazing at supporting me on my fitness journey. Everything is tailored to the individual so it suits everyone no matter what stage you're at. There's a really supportive environment that I haven't experienced elsewhere and the flexibility Chris has shown to me when needed has been amazing. Would never go anywhere else now!
Ashleigh PattersonAshleigh Patterson
20:07 18 Feb 24
CHRIS AND LUCA YOU ARE AMAZING AT WHAT YOU DO.At one point i couldnt walk up the stairs... after been hospitalized and locked in a room for nearly a month at pinderfields I was diagnosed with severe asthma to been under observation for COPD at 30 years old and still living everyday with it now, I decided to make a change. I moved to Cheshire I joined @nxtepknutsford and in a matter of months I was competing at @turfgames with the gym familyI cannot thank everyone enough who has been on my journeyNow at 32 I can lift 110kg on a deadliftI can run .... some sort of distance and always improving as much as my lungs will carry me.Never give up and push to be betterWe saw. We came. I conquered! 🏆
Steven ThompsonSteven Thompson
07:40 15 Feb 24
The model works for me , small group of less than 6 with a dedicated trainer . Have used gyms for many years but this model works for me . Complete professional instruction at all times . All about correct technique and protecting back etc . Plus there is no escape - maximising every session and getting maximum benefits . A real community approach .
deborah walkerdeborah walker
10:08 12 Feb 24
Always a great session with Chris .Come away feeling fab
Iain FountainIain Fountain
12:04 06 Feb 24
Have been training regularly each week since October at Nxtep and just wanted to give some feedback on my experience which has been nothing short than excellent. Chris, Luca and the team have provided one and one expertise, techniques, dietary plans to help with weight loss, build lean muscle and improve fitness. Can’t shout their praises enough. Good job Nxtep.
Hannah ThrelfallHannah Threlfall
14:10 10 Nov 23
I signed up for the 6 week body transformation initially to help me get my pre baby body back after gaining a lot of weight through pregnancy. I lost 8.6kgs in the 6 weeks and have since renewed my membership to continue with my progress and I’m almost down 10kgs in total only 2kgs away from my pre pregnancy weight. I have always hated going to the gym and would dread going initially but now I am 8 weeks in, training 3x per week and feeling fitter and much happier in myself it is something I definitely want to continue. I feel it has really changed my lifestyle and I am making healthier choices everyday with a much more positive outlook, my family have commented that the old Hannah is back as before I felt I’d lost myself since becoming a mum for the first time. Chris and Luca are incredibly knowledgeable about anatomy which was very important to me after having a C-section and I have seen huge improvements in my core and lower back stability. I am also enjoying the new friends I am making from the sessions and never thought I’d say it but I’m looking forward to continuing the training long term and being in the best shape of my life!!
Katie MorrisKatie Morris
08:05 15 Sep 23
I've really enjoyed the community at Nxtep. I've never been this thrilled get up before 7am to attend the gym. Chris and Luca are brilliant and I feel I've come so far in the year since I started coming. Looking forward to more progress and the pride that comes with working hard
Lesley SneesbyLesley Sneesby
08:04 15 Sep 23
Thank you Chris and Luca for your amazing help, guidance and support in such a welcoming environment at Nxtep
15:47 03 May 23
I initially joined Nxtep to get a better grip on my fitness levels after yo-yoing for years with sporadic classes and runs. It was an excellent decision as the sessions are three times a week which quickly got me in a good rhythm. Chris and Luca are both fantastic and very patient with a newbie like myself who had never lifted weights before. They have really helped me understand fitness and weight lifting a lot better. They also adjusted any exercises based on my capabilities as I had an injured shoulder for a while, and with the rehab exercises they gave me that’s now back to normal. I can’t recommend Nxtep enough!
15:38 04 Aug 22
I've been working with the guys at Nxtep for about a year now; I originally joined thinking it would be a short-term thing to lose weight for my wedding.A year later and I'm married, 12kg lighter than when I first started, lifting much heavier weights and am in much better shape in general. Chris and Luca have been amazing with my training; they always challenge me to try new things and to push further, which is really helpful for someone who's training has always seemed to plateau in the past.They've also taught me about health and fitness as a lifestyle; there's so much more to it than lifting some weights or constantly being on a diet, and they always keep things new, fun and flexible. They're also really helpful and approachable guys; I've messaged them lots of times to ask for training tips and advice when I'm going to the gym outside of training hours, and they're always more than happy to help.
Jackie KingJackie King
19:38 17 May 22
I first met Chris in January 2020. I was 12 weeks pregnant with my first child. As a trained dancer, and teacher I was hoping to maintain my levels of fitness whilst minimising the risks of my pregnancy. My early dance training concentrated on training my limbs, while often neglecting my ‘centre’ or ‘core’. It wasn’t until a back injury in 2012 due to weak lower back muscles that my approach to training changed. When I first found out about my pregnancy, I worried about my back and how to keep it strong.Chris helped me through my pregnancy teaching me safe ways of keeping my core strong, helping with my postural alignment as well as addressing some muscular imbalances that I wasn’t aware I had. Most importantly, Chris gave me the confidence to continue training through pregnancy. I knew I was in safe hands. Chris is phenomenally knowledgeable in how our bodies work.May 2022, I am currently pregnant with my second child and still continuing to train with Chris at Nxtep. Luca has also joined the team and is a fantastic addition. They are a great team, and I am very lucky to be trained by them both. I would highly recommend anyone thinking about pre or post natal pregnancy training to consider Nxtep.
Sean WSean W
12:09 02 Apr 22
Before starting at Nxtep I would go through a cycle of starting to get fit, injuring my back, then avoiding exercise for fear of making it worse. The same happened when I started here, with my over eagerness to improve leading to the same old injury. Chris and Luca kept me motivated and coached me through the recovery process, allowing me to strengthen the areas susceptible to injury and enabling me to carry on where I’d previously have given up. Now I’m lifting ~100kg more than when I first started and the past few years of persistent back injury seem a distant memory. The guys have helped me with my nutrition, my outlook and overcoming what I previously thought I couldn’t. I can’t thank them both enough!
Paul KennedyPaul Kennedy
22:59 05 Nov 21
I’ve been working with Chris and the team at Nxtep, and the initially just wanted to get stronger and fitter somewhere local when the gym near work was no longer an option due to the pandemic. I know feel really confident handling weights and my diet. I recently saw myself in a film from before I started at Nxtep and other people couldn’t recognise me from me who didn’t know me well so, it definitely works! Highly recommended.
Jordan CraigJordan Craig
20:45 05 Aug 21
Training at Nxtep during Covid was tricky but Chris and Luca made it work! Started with training outdoors in the carpark before we were allowed to move indoors, it was always fun and I feel I made real progress.It never felt just like a business and always felt more caring, I was also doing it as part of my DofE to which Luca/Chris were very helpful with.I've had to stop due to other focuses in life but I've got some real fond memories of the time and am hoping to go back later if I can!
ryan unwinryan unwin
20:29 28 Jul 21
Great personal trainer, his sessions are great and really push you into great mindset to achieve your goals, great knowledge of the body aswell! Would definitely recommend!!
David VDavid V
17:54 22 Oct 20
Wanted to improve all round fitness especially strength and conditioning so contacted & met with Chris.....was very impressed with his approach and was motivated to getting started & looking forward to the challengeChris was fundamental to me in making the nutrition and exercise changes required to achieve goals.... inspiring, motivational, encouraging & supportive he is great to work with......regular tracking & updates help me to stay focused..... Chris is easy to get along with and the sessions are challenging but enjoyable.....



How does One on One Personal Training work?

You will given a bespoke training programme, comprised of exercises that are carefully picked to suit to your current ability, goals and objectives, as well as a diet plan that will complement your exercise regimen with the proper nutritional balance. We also provide industry-leading 24/7 support via both text messaging and phone calls. We will check in with you each day to see how you’re feeling, how motivated you are, and what we can do to help. In short, we will stay in close contact with you, and we will never go days without contact or drift away.

This is because we believe that maintaining motivation is the biggest challenge people face when working toward their fitness goals. However, you are statistically far more likely to show up if someone you have paid to help you, and who you have built up a positive relationship with, is expecting you to.

It is human nature to try harder when people know that someone is watching them, so a personal trainer will help you stay motivated during your sessions as well. Training with friends can be better for motivation than training alone, but a personal trainer will not allow you to miss a rep when they are watching whereas your friend may be more forgiving!

Even if you lack confidence or feel low, your trainer will always be there to help you. You will receive constant feedback and unconditional support from your trainer because your success is the most important thing.


woman receiving one on one training

Your Consultation

The first step however is to schedule a time for you to talk with one of our personal trainers, who will do a free Initial Consultation (this may be completed online, over the phone, or in person) to evaluate your fundamental training objectives, requirements, and anything else we need to know.

The next step is to come in for a more thorough comprehensive physical consultation, during which we will ask you to perform some basic movements and exercises to assess your fitness levels and whether you have any physical restrictions or injuries, as well as discuss your lifestyle, diet, set your goals, and more. If you come in person for your first appointment, you may be able to perform your Comprehensive Consultation right away on the same day.

The Comprehensive Consultation will help your trainer understand where you currently are, where you want to get to and how best to help you get there, so that we can build your Personal Training Plan for you. This comprehensive consultation will cover the following:

  • Your Personal Goals
  • Current Lifestyle
  • Exercise History
  • Body Composition Analysis
  • Functional Movement Screen
  • Postural Assessment
  • Nutritional Analysis
  • Identification of Barriers



What Will One To One Personal Training Involve?

Whether you want to reduce weight, become healthier, or just enhance your overall physical fitness, you need three major components in any core training programme:

  1. Weight training: You don’t have to lift large weights or devote a lot of time to weight training if you’re just starting out. But you must lift some weights because even mild resistance training is beneficial. Muscle strength will make everyday chores simpler, and muscle mass will help you boost your metabolic rate and so burn more calories.
  1. Cardio training: Cardio is any exercise that raise your heart rate, such as walking, running, cycling, and high-intensity interval training. Regardless of your workout, warming up with modest cardio (e.g., 5 to 10 minutes) is always a good idea.
  1. Flexibility training: Many exercises will need you to be flexible enough to go through the whole range of motion. Stretching after exercise increases flexibility and speeds up recovery time, and is therefore included in each and every session.

Some individuals feel that doing solely cardio or weight training on particular days is the way to go. However, even if you are not super fit, you can do both in a single session. Our customised personal training programmes will include various quantities of the three forms of training mentioned above, all personalised to you, your skills, and your objectives.



Benefits of One to One Personal Training

There are many reasons why One to One Personal Training is beneficial. Secondly, it helps to build confidence and self esteem. Thirdly, it gives individuals the chance to learn new skills and techniques. Finally, it encourages healthy lifestyle choices.

One to one personal training has many benefits. Firstly, the main benefit is that as there are no other people receiving training or instruction from your trainer, you get their full attention and guidance throughout your session. This means you never have to wait for them to stop coaching someone else before you can ask a question or seek their advice.

The solo nature of one on one training allows you to really focus on yourself and your own progress, as there are no distractions. This can also make it easier to concentrate, as there are no other people talking or moving around you.

For people who feel self-conscious about exercising in public, one to one PT is a great option as you are able to exercise in private with just your personal trainer for company.

One to one personal training is the perfect solution when you’re looking to lose weight, build muscle, or simply maintain a healthy lifestyle. Here are just a few reasons why:

Individual attention – Unlike group classes, sessions are only with you so you receive personalised feedback and guidance.

Tailored workouts – Each session is tailored specifically to meet your needs and goals.

Flexibility – It’s easier to pick and choose slots during the week to fit around your schedule.

Results – With regular exercise, you’ll notice improvements in strength, endurance, flexibility, and overall health.


one on one pt

Is it Better to Train Alone or in a Group?

There is no definitive answer to this because it is entirely subjective. It is important to remember that there are advantages and disadvantages to both types of sessions.

As mentioned, one to one personal training gives you more attention and time with your PT, and many people love being able to focus completely on themselves during their workouts. However, it can sometimes be difficult to motivate yourself to go to the gym when its just yourself.

Some people find Group Personal Training motivates them more – as you will interact with others and build friendships, which can last long after the end of your personal training program. These friendships can be a motivation to get ready and head to the gym!

Group training can also be more motivating when you’re actually working out, as it can encourage friendly competition! People are also less likely to quit when others are around. So there are many social benefits from small group PT.

However, some people simply prefer to train alone. It really just comes down to the kind of person you are, rather than any particular advantage or disadvantage.

What Are the Advantages of Group Training Over One To One Training?

While one to one training is generally the most popular option, some people find our other training options more to their liking. Our NX3 Small Group Personal Training has several advantages over one-to-one training, such as:

  • The cost is lower as it is shared among the group
  • Working out with others can motivate your more
  • You’ll meet new people and make new friends

Is One Session Per Week Enough?

Every training session at Nxtep is 1 hour long, and many people are happy with one training session per week. While this is true for some people, it isn’t necessarily true for everyone else, and it depends on your individual goals and ambitions.

The simple fact is, the more you train, the quicker you will see results. Obviously, the more you are training, the more time you have to dedicate to it, which may not work for everyone with the busy lifestyles we have these days, which is why we offer the option of 1, 2 or 3 training sessions per week. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide how often you want to train.



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